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Egyptian National Council for Women proposes new sexual harassment law

Proposed law contains broader definition of sexual harassment with stiff sentences for repeat offenders and those convicted of offences in the workplace

Ahram Online, Friday 5 Apr 2013
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Women recently protest against sexual harassment in Egypt (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
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Egypt's National Council for Women (NCW) has proposed a new law against sexual harassment containing a minimum sentence of one-year imprisonment for first-time offenders.

Under the proposed law, sexual harassment would include following and chasing, obscene gestures, and spoken or written comments of a sexual or pornographic nature in public or in private.

A person convicted under the law would receive a minimum one-year jail term and/or a minimum fine of LE10,000.

If a person commits another harassment offence within one year of being released from prison he would receive a three to five-year prison sentence and a minimum fine of LE5000.

Sexual harassment in the workplace would result in a minimum three-year prison sentence and a minimum fine of LE10,000.

The NCW submitted the law to the cabinet last week but only published its details on Friday.

According to a 2008 survey by the Egyptian Centre for Women’s Rights (ECWR), 83 per cent of Egyptian women say they have experienced sexual harassment.

The most common form of harassment was inappropriate touching, followed by verbal harassment. Thirty percent of respondents said they experienced harassment on a daily basis.

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Hoping Egyptian
07-04-2013 02:48pm
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All Egypt wants is respect!
The only way the Egyptian will get out of their difficulties is by respecting each other as human beings. Men respect women, the Muslims respect other religions and vice versa, the goverment respects the people and demonstrate that clearly and people respect the government back. In time the world will respect us and will reach out to help and invest in Egypt with confidence.
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nomoreabuse
05-04-2013 07:01pm
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Ladies you deserve some respect..
I can not say this enough. Ladies of Egypt you should be running your country. Don't give up !!! Never allow the men of Egypt to suppress you or abuse you. Go to another country and see how well a woman is treated.. You deserve so much more in life. Do not give up until you achieve all your goals..
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